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Hollywood Peace Experts By: Paul Bond
FrontPageMagazine.com | Monday, October 28, 2002

Hollywood has been playing make-believe again.

So many of its celebrities are pretending to understand U.S. foreign policy and the threat posed by Saddam Hussein's Iraq that it's getting tough to keep track of them all.

So, for those of you keeping score, here's a partial list:

Barbra Streisand's misspelled, mis-faxed instructions to Minority Leader Dick "Gebhardt" is perhaps today's most infamous example of celebrity punditry.

Industries "run by big Republican donors and insiders, clearly have much to gain if we go to war against Iraq," she informed Gephardt. Also misspelled in her memo was "Sadam."

Babs handled the highly publicized gaffe by blaming an underling andbragging about being a former spelling bee champion.

She also famously told a $500-a-ticket crowd at a Democratic fund raiser that, "In the words of William Shakespeare, 'Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword'."

Trouble is, Shakespeare never said any such thing. The quote is from an Internet hoax.

Next we have lefty filmmaker Michael Moore, who reportedly sent out emails to fans asking them to please see his latest movie, "Bowling for Columbine" as a way to protest the president's plans for war on Iraq.

"Dear friends, fans, and fellow evildoers," the email began. The movie is, "I promise, the last thing the Bushies want projected on the movie screens across America."

Moore also complained to The Hollywood Reporter trade paper about the president's handling of the war on terrorism and of his failure to produce Osama bin Laden, either dead or alive.

"Daddy Bush stopped 100 miles short of Baghdad, and Sonny fails in his mission to capture a mass murderer," Moore said.

Perhaps the most intriguing thing about Moore's musing is the revelation that he was such a hawk during the Gulf War, lamenting that President George Bush the elder didn't go far enough.

Tim Robbins, who complains that President Bill Clinton wasn't sufficiently liberal, like Streisand accuses President Bush of encouraging war with Iraq to boost the fortunes and powers of himself and his buddies.

"I'm against this whole, 'Let's bomb a new country because things aren't going our way'," he said.

"It's the cost of human lives I resent," he continued. "To put American soldiers in harm's way and to do everything to change the subject so that Republicans can keep control of the House."

Then there's Sean Penn, who paid about $56,000 to place an ad in the Washington Post begging the president to "help save America before yours is a legacy of shame and horror."

"You are a man of faith, but your saber is rattling the faith of many Americans in you."


Then there's the Not In Our Name group that his been holding rallies and placing newspaper ads.

"Resist the war and repression that has been loosed on the world by the Bush administration," the group's massive mission statement says, in part.

Members include Oliver Stone, Susan Sarandon, Danny Glover, Ed Asner, Jane Fonda, and too many more to bother with.

Walter Cronkite, the one-time respected newsman, may not have addressed Iraq specifically during a recent CNN appearance, but he did explain why millionaire bin Laden's pampered minions crashed airplanes into the World Trade Center and Pentagon on 9/11/01.

"They are not going to live forever in the shadow of the riches that we display constantly in our movies ..." Terrorism, Cronkite said, represents "a revolution of the poor and have-nots against the rich and haves, and that's us."

But at least these public policy experts - Robbins, Streisand, Moore, Penn, et al. - had the good manners to deliver their missives while here in the United States. Some celebrities chose instead to do their Bush-bashing in front of receptive European audiences.

In Spain, for example, this gem from "Tootsie" star Jessica Lange: "I hate Bush. I despise him and his entire administration ... It makes me feel ashamed to come from the United States - it is humiliating."

An attack on Iraq, she said, would be "unconstitutional, immoral and illegal."

Morally challenged environmentalist Woody Harrelson suggested from the United Kingdom that it's America's fault that Saddam Hussein spends all of his money on building more palaces and weapons of mass destruction while allowing innocent Iraqi's to die.

Shrub, as he calls the president, is a warmonger "who stole the White House."

"We've killed a million Iraqis since the start of the Gulf war - mostly by blocking humanitarian aid," he informs the Brits.

Finally, former tennis star John McEnroe weighs in with his reasoned assessment that the U.S. should take a world poll before defending itself from terrorism.

"I think that President Bush has realized he doesn't have the support he thought he had for an attack on Iraq," he wrote in England. "Like all politicians he has just been seeing which way the wind is blowing before he bends with it."

What's one to make of all this unsolicited advice? Not much.

Unlike the previous inhabitant of the White House, President Bush has about as much respect for the opinions of leftist celebrities as most other Americans do.

As one prominent TV producer told me recently, "This isn't the Clinton administration. Bush is not star-struck."

Thank God.

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